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Lewis County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the General Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Lewis County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All water except those listed below Trout April 1 - Oct 15 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
All baitfish-prohibited waters (see below) except as listed below Trout Statewide angling regulations apply
Black River, Deer River, West Branch Deer River, Beaver River Black bass 3rd Sat. June-Nov 30 10" 5
December 1 to Friday preceding the 3rd Saturday in June Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Black River, East Branch Fish Creek from Rome Reservoir Dam downstream, Moose River Trout April 1-Nov 30 Any size 5 - with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Lake Bonaparte Trout All year 9" 5 Ice Fishing Permitted
Lake trout All year 18" 3
Beaver Lake, Francis Lake, Soft Maple Reservoir, and Whetstone Marsh Statewide Angling Regulations Apply Ice Fishing Permitted

Baitfish-prohibited waters

In addition, the use or possession of baitfish is prohibited in the following waters: All ponds and streams in the He-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness, also:

  • Town of Croghan-Clear Pond, Rock Pond, Seepage Pond, Trout Pond
  • Town of Diana-Green Pond, Sealy Pond, Silver Dawn Lake, Little Silver Dawn Lake
  • Town of Greig-Pitcher Pond
  • Town of Watson-Cleveland Lake, Evies Pond, Long Lake, Payne Lake.